Jimmy Meng

Grace Meng’s father charged with wire fraud in FBI sting

Posted by Joe Anuta in Uncategorized on July 26, 2012 | No Comments

Jimmy Meng, a former Flushing state assemblyman and father of current Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing), was arrested on charges of wire fraud in an FBI sting operation after he accepted a fruit basket containing $80,000 in bribery money Tuesday afternoon at his Flushing-based company, according to federal prosecutors. In 2011, Meng told an unnamed acquaintance [...]

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Dead woman’s name on Flushing petition

Posted by Joe Anuta in Uncategorized on July 26, 2012 | No Comments

Democratic candidate John Messer accused the Queens Democratic Party, which is backing state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) in the race, of using forged signatures to get contenders on the ballot, but the Oakland Gardens businessman and lawyer did not take the opportunity to alert the city Board of Elections. Messer announced that his campaign had [...]

Gas Drilling Opposition

Avella fires off fracking letter to Gov. Cuomo

Posted by Phil Corso in Uncategorized on July 26, 2012 | 2 Comments

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) sent a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week requesting a personal meeting to further discuss hydraulic fracturing before the governor decides if he would allow the controversial oil and gas extraction procedure in the state. In the letter, Avella asked Cuomo to meet with scientists, medical professionals and environmentalists [...]

Elizabeth Crowley

Crowley faces challenge in district leader election

Posted by Steve Mosco in Uncategorized on July 26, 2012 | No Comments

U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) is not happy his cousin, City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), challenged state Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) in the Democratic Party primary for the 6th Congressional District, according to several sources familiar with the Queens political scene. The congressman, who heads the Queens County Democratic machine, is so upset [...]

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Soda ban will hurt Queens businesses: Ferreras

Posted by Rebecca Henely in Uncategorized on July 26, 2012 | No Comments

Corona has been singled out as having the highest rate of childhood obesity in the city, but City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) joined with local business owners and a new coalition last Thursday to say Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s soda ban is the wrong way to fight it. “It has the potential to create a [...]

Ethel Chen

Chen kicks off run for Meng state seat

Posted by Joe Anuta in Uncategorized on July 26, 2012 | No Comments

Ethel Chen, a longtime Flushing Democrat and retired librarian, kicked off her campaign last week for the Flushing state Assembly seat currently represented by Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing). Chen held the celebration at her campaign office in New World Mall, at Roosevelt Avenue and Main Street, where she was joined by supporters. “I think the [...]